Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Economic consequences of the Holocaust
A new paper of the MIT studies the economic status of the places in Russia where the Jews were murdered and the places where part of the Jewish population survived the war. I dont need a MIT study to observe that Ucraine, which before the Holocaust was one of the more prosperous agricultural and industrial regions in Eastern Europe, is now - anno domine 2010 - a very poor and underdeveloped country. Its GNP per capita is lower than some African countries. If you dont believe it, see the CIA's country profiles. Bielorrusia ibidem. Hungary is in a bit better shape because "only" about 60% of its Jewish population was murdered in Auschwitz, but since then there is a gradual loss of Jews by natural decrease, assimilation and emigration. In one generation more Hungary too will sink to the Romanian/Moldavian/Ucranian level. I'm tempted to write that they fully deserve living at African standards, but I know many decent Hungarians and as in the Biblical story of Sodoma and Gomorrah, even one just person is enough to spare a city. And they are just Hungarians.